Our Team

David Dimberio, Chief Entertainment Officer

Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, David graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School and the University of Notre Dame.  He has spent the last two decades of his career in sales, most of which consisted of implantable medical devices.  For the past several years, David has been involved in many small businesses from an ownership standpoint as well.  With a fascination of the entertainment business, David founded Combat Ops in 2015 and opened its first location in Fort Wayne in November of 2016.  David wanted to bring a style of entertainment that was different, something more engaging, for both kids and adults.  And with the addition of axe throwing, mini-golf, the NERF-style tag arena, as well as mini/duckpin style bowling, the arcade, laser maze, & much more to come, David has created an entertainment venue that is perfect for the whole family – and one that will get the family active while having fun.

As Chief Entertainment Officer, David’s goal is to continually improve Combat Ops Entertainment and he strives to provide a new and unique experience every time you visit.

Much of Combat Ops was actually designed by David.  From the large-scale arenas, down to smaller details like the use of “dog tags” as your admission ticket to some of our attractions.  David has personally built many of the items you see at Combat Ops because he loves woodworking, building, and creating.

In his free time, David loves spending time with his wife, children, and family dogs.  He attends Our Lady of Good Hope Church.  When the weather is nice, you probably will find him on the golf course if he isn’t at Combat Ops or spending time with his family.

Jason Watts, Director of OPS

Prior to working at COA Jason was a Technical Sergeant in the Indiana Air National Guard.  He served as a member of the 122nd Security Forces Squadron, 122nd Fighter Wing, right here in Fort Wayne.  He recently retired after twenty years of service.   After joining Combat Ops as a Game Master, he used his military experience to help create some of the first missions for the arena.  He strived to combine a little bit of realism and a lot of not-so-real adventure into the games, hoping to challenge players and give them a genuine first-person shooter experience.

As the General Manager, his goal is ensure that everyone who comes in has a great time, and leaves with a good story to tell. He is a father of four.

He enjoys reading, writing, and drawing, and of course, his Xbox.

Jason and his family are also active in fostering rescue dogs. They have fostered over thirty dogs and counting. 

Aspen Gray, Director of Branding and Development 

Aspen Gray is a full-time employee at Combat Ops Entertainment. Aspen is the Director of Facility Training and Development, which includes the management of the COE staff and the upcoming attractions. Born and raised in Fort Wayne, he has been in the entertainment business locally for over 8 years. When he isn’t working, he spends his time watching horror movies with his two dogs Belle and Taz, listening to his favorite music, or completing his full-time schooling. Find him at our facility usually working on our many graphic design projects and media, or working on one of our newest top secret attractions.

Chris Jackson, Director of OPS

Chris comes to the Combat Ops team with 22 years of retail management experience with some of Fort Wayne's largest retailers, including Scott's/Kroger, Meijer, The Home Depot, and Lowe's.  If he looks familiar to you, you have probably spotted him in one of his previous roles.

Chris was a Sergeant in the Army Reserve, serving in the 324th Military Police Unit in Jasper, IN and the 384th Military Police Unit here in Fort Wayne, from 1991-1999.

He is a Father of one and is an avid reader, fisherman, and video game lover.  He also enjoys landscaping and being outdoors in general.

Chris looks forward to making your next visit to Combat Ops Entertainment an enjoyable and memorable one, and looks forward to seeing you soon.